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A Guide to Sledding Around Bozeman

Posted by Kali Gillette on Feb 18, 2020 12:30:00 PM

Sledding Around Bozeman Montana

If you’re looking for some old-fashioned winter fun for the whole family to enjoy, you’re in luck! Bozeman has some great sledding hills, both in town and close-by. Inexpensive sleds are available at larger retailers or stop by one of the local tire shops for an inner tube. Then end the day with some hot cocoa or winter libations at one of Bozeman’s cozy restaurants. For a real treat, stop by La Chatelaine Chocolate Co. for a rich cup of chocolate deliciousness. If this all sounds great so far, keep reading for a complete guide to sledding around Bozeman!

 

Peet’s Hill

This little hill located just outside Lindley Park is a Bozeman icon. Locals will tell you about sledding back in the day when a barbed wire fence sat at the end of the hill. (Parents, don’t worry, it’s no longer there.) There is plenty of elbow room and a long run out, but take note, the snow gets quickly packed and can be fast! For the adventurous type, there are often man-made jumps (and some safety banks to stop you.) If the little nippers are too small for the hill, take them into Lindley park and let them glide down the gentle slopes.

 

Dinosaur Park

(Formally Gallatin County Regional Park)

Sitting next to Dinosaur Park, a community funded park built with the help of 1,500 volunteers, is a huge mound of dirt created specifically for sledding during the winter. This popular spot has room to roam and can accommodate a lot of people. You can sled off of the front-side or the back-side with plenty of run-out. Careful though, if you get going too fast, you might end up in the pond!

 

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Snowfill Recreation Area

As one of Bozeman’s largest dog parks, this area doubles as a great sledding area, particularly for smaller children. You’ll have beautiful views of the valley, a gentle incline, and plenty of pups to pet. There are benches for resting, a public toilet, and if you are bringing your dog, there are drinking fountains specially designed for your canine friends.

 

Snowbank Campground

(Mill Creek near the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness) 

This hill is worth the drive—the sledding across from the Snowbank Campground is a rip-roaring treat. The hill is fast and sometimes bumpy, but plenty of runouts mean you’ll stop before flying into the parking lot. You can usually find a campfire ring for s’mores, and plenty of trails for a multisport adventure. Stop at Chico afterwards to soak your bruises in the hot springs. Drive up Mill Creek Road, off Hwy. 89 until you hit a gate. Turn left into the parking area.

 

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Bear Canyon

Home to Bozeman’s first ski hill, Bear Canyon used to operate with a rope tow, a ski jump and a log cabin complete with food and beverages. Though it’s no longer a ski area, those with the stamina to hike up the hill get to enjoy a long, steep sled run with few people around. You might also keep an eye out for areas marked as property of Mt. Ellis Academy, as usage may be interupted at certain times. Otherwise, this is a great place to take a toboggan; but sled with caution, you’re guaranteed to pick up some serious speed on this hill! 

 

Langohr Campground

(Hyalite Canyon) 

Get out of town and into the woods. There are plenty of sledding spots in Hyalite Canyon, but the hill across from Langohr Campground is bound to please. Bonus: fellow sledders build jumps at the bottom of the slope in an attempt to launch themselves across the road.

 

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